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Here are some chess puzzles from the 1972 Olympiad in Skopje..
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
White mates in 2.
Milunka Lazarevic vs Leif Svensson, Skopje, 1972
r3b1k1/1p2q3/p1n1p1BQ/3p2p1/3P3P/2P5/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rf8+ ]

b)
White mates in 2.
Walter Browne vs Coskun Kulur, Skopje, 1972
r4kr1/pbNn1q1p/1p6/2p2BPQ/5B2/8/P6P/b4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Bd6+ if Kg7 Qxh7# or if Qe7 Ne6# ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Milan Matulovic vs Asfary, Skopje, 1972
r2qb1n1/ppp4k/3p2pp/3N4/3BPQ2/8/PPP3PP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ ]

d)
White mates in 2.
Yair Kraidman vs H M Hasan, Skopje, 1972
2bb2Q1/1q2k2B/p3p2p/1p1pB1p1/3P2p1/4P3/PP3P1P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Bg6 ]

e)
White mates in 2.
Harry Potter vs Vandy Kong, Skopje, 1972
5RQ1/1p2N2p/p6k/1q4p1/5B2/8/PPr3PP/7K w - - 1 0
[ Qe6+ if Kh5 Qh3# ]

1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Elisabeta Polihroniade vs Maria Ivanka-Budinsky, Skopje, 1972
r1bqrk2/2pn2bQ/p2p2p1/1p1N1pP1/P1BpP3/7R/1PP2PP1/4K2R w K - 1 0
[ Qg8+ Kxg8 Ne7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Miroslav Filip vs Sejer Holm, Skopje, 1972
7k/1pn3rp/p4N2/4R3/8/1P2R1P1/P2r3P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Re8+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Bruce Amos vs Pedro Garcia Toledo, Skopje, 1972
4r1r1/pbq3k1/2p1R1Np/1p3P1B/2pP2Q1/P5b1/1P4P1/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Nf8+ if Kxf8 Rxe8# or if Kh8 Rxh6+ ]

d)
White mates in 3.
Stuart Hutchings vs A Gouder, Skopje, 1972
2r4r/p5Rp/2p2p1n/2Bp1k2/3P2p1/2PR3P/P4PP1/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ hxg4+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Manakly Tabba vs Y Hadjittofis, Skopje, 1972
6rk/1p4p1/p2pN1Qp/q3bP2/P7/1P6/6PP/2R4K w - - 1 0
[ Ng5 ]

1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Craig Pritchett vs Carlos Maalouf, Skopje, 1972
5rk1/1n3pbp/1q1p2pB/2pQ4/8/1B5P/1PP2PP1/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxf7+ ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Peter Stuart vs Wallbridge, Skopje, 1972
r1q4r/pbp1Q1pp/1p3nk1/2n2N2/2P5/2N3P1/PP4BP/R3R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qxg7+ Kxf5 Bh3+ ]

c)
White mates in 3.
Jesus Diez Del Corral vs H M Hasan, Skopje, 1972
6k1/1br2pq1/p3p1p1/PprpP1P1/5Q1R/1B1P3R/1PP4P/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf6 ]

d)
White mates in 3.
-Massoud Amir Savadkouhi vs Terrey Shaw, Skopje, 1972
1r4k1/2q2pb1/5Pp1/p2b4/P3N3/1p2P1P1/1K5Q/5B1R w - - 1 0
[ Qh7+ Kf8 Qh8+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Al Mawla vs Carlos Cuartas, Skopje, 1972
6k1/1b2pp1p/3p2p1/Bp6/1PpK1P2/1r5P/6P1/3R4 b - - 0 1
[ ...f6 ]

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1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 3.
Mohamad Kamal Nashed vs Andrew Whiteley, Skopje, 1972
1Q1b2k1/5p1p/1Pq3pP/P3p3/3pP1P1/2r2P2/1pP1K3/2R5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc2+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Gudmundur Sigurjonsson vs Lazaros Vizantiadis, Skopje, 1972
7k/Rb4r1/8/1p1Q3p/1B1b3P/P4r2/1P4P1/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 3.
T J Moriarty vs Michael Saliba, Skopje, 1972
6k1/4pp1p/6p1/4p3/q2r1n2/1p3PKP/1Q3P2/1R1B4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qd7 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Julio Kaplan vs D Calderon, Skopje, 1972
2rq1rk1/1b2bp1p/p1n1p1p1/1p1pP2N/1P6/P2B1NB1/1nPQ1PPP/R4RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qh6 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Michael Kirsch vs Edwards Francis, Skopje, 1972
r1bqn2r/pp2k1p1/1np1p1Bp/4P2P/P1PP1B2/5QP1/4KP2/1R5R w - - 1 0
[ Bg5+ if Nf6 Qa3+ ]

1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Eugenio German vs Shorbagay, Skopje, 1972
4rn1k/ppqbrpp1/2pRpN2/2P1P2p/1P5P/4Q3/P1B2PP1/3R2K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5 if gxf6 Qh6+ ]

b)
White mates in 4.
Heinz Wirthensohn vs Josip Rukavina, Skopje, 1972
r2q3r/pp1np1kp/2p1Qpp1/8/2B1P3/2R5/PP3PPP/5RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Qf7+ Kh6 Rh3+ Kg5 f4+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Liong-On Choong vs Lawrence Day, Skopje, 1972
4r2b/1b2rpkN/p3nRp1/1p2p1P1/3qP2Q/P1NB3R/1PP4P/7K w - - 1 0
[ Nf8 ]

d)
White mates in 4.
Fatos Muco vs Zameer Ahmed Khan, Skopje, 1972
2r2k2/pq3p1p/1p1p1QpP/4p3/2P1R3/6P1/P4P2/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxe5 if dxe5 Rxe5 ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Juhani Sorri Kari vs M Keeshan, Skopje, 1972
2q1r2k/1b4p1/1p2PpQp/3p4/1P1n1N2/7R/6PP/4R1K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh6+ gxh6 Qxf6+ ]

1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Juan Bellon Lopez vs Nikola Padevsky, Skopje, 1972
4r1k1/qp2bp1p/p1b1rn2/P1p2Q2/2N4R/1P1Pp3/1BP1B1PP/6K1 w - - 1 0
[ Qg5+ if Kf8 Qh6+ Kg8 Rg4+ or if Kh8 Rg4 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Al Hamani vs Jan Timman, Skopje, 1972
8/pb4R1/3bk2r/2pp3r/4p3/PP2Pn1P/1B3P2/R4B1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxh3+ ]

c)
Black mates in 4.
Henry Camilleri vs Stefano Tatai, Skopje, 1972
1r4k1/q4pp1/p1Qp3p/4pPb1/1p1rP1P1/1B6/PPR4P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd1+ Kg2 Qg1+ ]

d)
Black mates in 4.
Mokhtar Kadri vs Angel De La Casa, Skopje, 1972
6rk/ppp4p/3p1R1b/3Pp3/2P4n/2BB2rb/PP5N/R2Q3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ Kg1 Be3+ Rf2 Bf3+ ]

e)
Black mates in 4.
Heinz Wirthensohn vs Robert Hartoch, Skopje, 1972
6rk/1p4r1/p1pq4/7p/PP1pPb1P/3Q1p1B/5P2/1RR4K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg2 if Bxg2 fxg2+ ]

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1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Ann Lim Kok vs Marquand Le, Skopje, 1972
r2qr2k/p4R1p/1pb3pN/6Q1/2pPn3/P1P5/6PP/1B3RK1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxh7+ Kxh7 Rf7+ Kh8 Qxg6 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Julio Kaplan vs Craig Pritchett, Skopje, 1972
2r5/1b4pk/1p5p/p7/2Q4P/1P5q/P1P5/1K2R1R1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Re7+ or if Kh8 Rh7+ Kxh7 Re7+ ]

c)
White mates in 5.
Peter Jamieson vs Adaucto Da Nobrega, Skopje, 1972
r1q1r1k1/p1nR2pp/1p2Pp2/2bQ4/8/1P3N1P/1B3PP1/R5K1 w - - 1 0
[ Rxg7+ if Kxg7 Qg5+ or if Kh8 Qf5 ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Krzysztof Pytel vs Pal Benko, Skopje, 1972
4Qbk1/p4p2/2pB2q1/2Pp2p1/Np1P2K1/1P4P1/P4P1P/5b2 b - - 0 1
[ ..f5+ Kf3 Qxe8 Be5 Qh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 6.
Alexandra Nicolau vs J Khulqana, Skopje, 1972
2rq3r/5pk1/pp1p2np/3Pp3/2P5/3BP1QR/PP5P/5R1K w - - 1 0
[ Rxf7+ Kxf7 Qxg6+ Kf8 Rf3+ ]

1972 Olympiad in Skopje puzzles, pt. viii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Jorge Padilla Liceaga vs K Teboudi, Skopje, 1972
5r1k/pbpp2p1/3b3r/4p3/2B5/5PPq/PP1BQ2P/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc5+ Be3 Bxe3+ if Kh1 Rxf3 or if Qxe3 Qxh2# ]

b)
Black mates in 6.
Walter Browne vs Heikki Westerinen, Skopje, 1972
Q7/3B3p/p5pk/4Pnq1/1P3n2/P7/5PPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nh3+ Kf1 Qxc1+ Ke2 Qc2+ if Ke1 or Kf3 Qxf2+ ]

c)
David Levy vs Larbi Ben, Skopje, 1972
6k1/6pp/1R3p2/pB2n3/P7/4P2P/1r4PK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rb8+ Kf7 Be8+ ]

d)
Peter Toth vs German Alvarez, Skopje, 1972